With a few ingredients and a microwave you can make fun art work and do a science experiment at the same time. Your kids will love this simple Microwave Puffy Paint Recipe.
All you need is:
1/2 cup flour
2 tsp baking powder
2 tsp salt
Enough water to make a paste
Cardboard or mat board
Just simply mix the ingredients together. The mixing can be done by the kids, which my girls loved. They were both convinced we were making pancakes. “That is NOT how you make paint Mom.” Once we added colors then they finally agreed it was paint. Funny! We just made one batch and divided it between the 6 different colors.
We poured the paint into squeeze bottles. We used left over craft paint bottles and a couple squeeze bottles
stolen donated from my wonderful sister-in-law. The girls loved squeezing the paint, but you could use cotton swabs to apply it as well. The thicker the paint is applied, the thicker the puff once microwaved!
Once the masterpiece if finished simply place in the microwave for 20 – 50 seconds depending on how thick the paint was applied. You will see the paint puff up and dry out when it is done. We had to microwave a couple of ours pieces 2 or 3 times to get all the paint to “cook”. This was like magic to the girls, they giggled and giggled. I was delighted myself, the paint looked so great all puffy, pin pricked with holes and colorful. Although the girls are asking for pancakes after we were all done!
There are also recipes that use self rising flour, but we did not have any so we experimented with adding baking power and it worked great. That might be why ours have the look and smell of pancakes!